Five Contemplations Before A Meal
Our translation team worked on a translation of the Five Contemplations which is used before we take meals in the monastery:
This offering is the fruit of many's work and care;
Reflecting on my conduct, "Am I worthy of a share?"
Be wary of the poisons, the foremost being greed;
Seeing food as medicine, I take only what I need,
Solely for cultivation, to realize the Buddha Way.
With gratitude I accept this offering today.
(It is slightly modified from the excellent version Shifu got from Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.)